We all have favorite authors we like to return to again and again, and we eagerly await their new books. But how do you find NEW authors? Lots of folks find out about new books and authors by hearing recommendations from friends (and hopefully librarians!). Another way is to look at awards lists. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) gives out the Morris Award every year to YA book by a previously unpublished author. These are the authors that you want to keep an eye on!
Do you know about the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award? It is nominated AND voted on by TEENS ONLY! That means the award really reflects what YOU and your friends like to read! Voting for the 2013 award is happening through the end of the year. Look for ballots at your local branch library, and vote for YOUR favorite book! You can also vote online. This is also your opportunity to nominate books for the 2014 award!
I like pencils, especially colored pencils, and have always wondered just how does the color gets inside the pencil? My curiosity led me to Henry Petroski, an engineer who also likes pencils. His book, The Pencil, answered every question I had about the pencil's design and history. Even though the book was published over 20 years ago and technology changes, pencils are still selling. But wait!
As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.
Books for Middle School:
NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short, is an online based writing contest that began in 1999. Since its debut, NaNo’s membership has seen a substantial growth. Last year 256,618 people participated in some way. The goal is to see if you can write an entire 50,000 word novel in one month. The contest began November 1, and will end November 31. You can still sign up on the website, www.nanowrimo.org.
French essayist Joseph Joubert said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.” He understood that debate, forensics, and persuasive writing foster critical thinking skills, analytical self-reflection, intellectual curiosity, and a respect of difference.
Looking for a great vampire book to sink your teeth into this Halloween? These young adult novels are bloody good. Being without a good book is really scary!
Whether you are looking for a stand-alone read or a series to be enthralled by, novels featuring vampires are incredibly diverse. Ranging from romantic to deadly, vampires are as varied as the mere mortals who read about them.
October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.
Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?
Thinking about what options you have for your future? College? Trade school? A job? The military? Thinking about joining Job Corps or AmeriCorps? Check out what the Denver Public Library’s teen website has to offer! This website has links to books, ebooks, DVDs, suggested websites and even an awesome database to help you get your future started today!
Learning Express Library Database:
Are you an artist, a writer or cinematographer? Do you love books, movies or music and want to share what you've read? We want you to contribute to Evolver!
With this new site you'll be able to post your work and comment on work by other teens. What should you share? Pretty much anything! We are accepting art (photography, painting, digital art), writing (poetry, short stories, song lyrics) and reviews on books, movies and music. You can also create a book list of your favorites and we'll post them along with links to the catalog so other teens can check out what you recommend.